Hazelnut Trees

Asked January 14, 2017, 5:20 PM EST

Hi, Read in the Arbor Day newsletter about Hazelnut trees and was thinking it might good to plant a few in my yard. Is this native to Maryland? I ask because I planted one of those flowering pear trees and later found out they are invasive tree for Maryland. Thanks.

Carroll County Maryland

1 Response

Hazelnuts may grow but may not produce nuts reliably. Hazelnuts are susceptible to Eastern Filbert Blight, a disease. Research and breeding is ongoing regarding cultivating hybrid hazelnuts for resistance to this disease.
Corylus americana, American hazelnut is native. We do not have research on cultivars.